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Occupational therapy: Design and application of qualitative methodology 7.5 credits

Arbetsterapi: Design och tillämpning av kvalitativ metod
Second cycle, A7023H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Occupational Therapy
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements


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The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
Apply, critically evaluate and argue for qualitative research designs and methods relevant to occupational therapy
Explain, contrast and argue for different qualitative research designs and methods in relation to scientific theoretical perspectives.
Design a qualitative data collection and analysis for a question relevant to occupational therapy, with in-depth discussion of methodological choices and ethical considerations.

Qualitative research design, including the design of qualitative studies in relation to intervention
Qualitative methods for data collection and analysis
Research-ethical aspects of qualitative research designs
Scientific theoretical grounds for qualitative methodology
Gender equality and diversity perspectives in qualitative research

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is given using distance learning methodology, and is web-based. The studies require computer skills and internet access, as well as a headset and a webcam. The course has its pedagogical basis in LTU’s pedagogical idea. This working method is founded on the idea that each student should be inspired to become engaged, as well as independent and active learning that challenges her/his abilities. The student shall actively seek out and solve problems through exploratory and critically reflective working methods. The course is read together with physiotherapy master’s students with subject specialisation. The teaching is conducted through literature studies, lectures, seminars, oral and written presentations and independent project work.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Achievement of the course is evaluated continuously, and to obtain a passing grade the student must have fulfilled the objectives of the course. Achievement of the objectives is assessed individually in writing and orally through assignments and seminars.

The grading criteria for G (Pass) and VG (Pass with distinction) are specified in the study guide.

Maria Larsson-Lund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1
Holloway, I., & Galvin, K. (2016). Qualitative research in nursing and healthcare. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Höglund Nielsen, B., & Granskär, M. (2017). Tillämpad kvalitativ forskning inom hälso-och sjukvård. 3. uppl. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Kvale, S., & Brinkmann, S. (2014). Den kvalitativa forskningsintervjun. 3.[rev.] uppl. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Individual written assignmentU G VG4.50MandatoryA21
0004SeminarsU G#3.00MandatoryA21

Syllabus established
by 11 Feb 2021

Last revised